Prevention and Early Detection

ACS CAN advocates for public policies that can prevent nearly half of all cancer deaths by ensuring access to recommended cancer screenings, protecting the public from skin cancer risk, reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and supporting people in increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and managing their weight.

Prevention and Early Detection Resources:

Current federal law provides life-saving coverage of cancer prevention and early detection services and programs.  These provisions are crucial to reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the United States.  They are also crucial in helping cancer survivors remain cancer-free and lead healthy lives.

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments on the Draft Recommendation Statement: Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

Adequate and sustained investments and improvements in the prevention and early detection of disease are essential to refocusing the health care system on wellness.

Every day, almost 1,600 people in America die from cancer. About half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by applying proven prevention and early detection strategies.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent panel of experts charged with reviewing the scientific evidence for clinical preventive services and developing evidence-based recommendations about their delivery.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. In 2013, more than 580,000 people will die of cancer, and more than 1.66 million people are expected to be diagnosed. Each year, cancer costs the United States an estimated $201.5 billion, due to lost productivity and direct medical costs.

This Action Cancer Society Cancer Action Network report serves as a guide to the cross-cutting approaches that communities are taking to improve the health and well-being of their residents with grants from the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Tobacco Resources:

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, refer to a category of novel tobacco products that are typically battery-operated products designed to deliver a heated solution, or aerosol of nicotine and other chemicals, to the user

For the past 20 years – since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in November 1998 – we have issued annual reports assessing how well the states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to combat tobacco use in the United States.

The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. That is why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have long been engaged in the fight against tobacco.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one-third of all cancer deaths in the nation overall. A new study from the American Cancer Society provides state-level estimates of the number of adult deaths from smoking in 2014.

January 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report linking smoking to lung cancer.

The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General calls for an integrated national tobacco control strategy of expanded implementation of tobacco control measures and new “end game” strategies to meet the vision of a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. 

Tanning and Sun Safety Resources:

Despite reputable scientific studies showing that tanning devices can cause skin cancer, misconceptions about the risks and dangers of indoor tanning persist. This is due, in part, to misleading advertising and health claims by the tanning industry. This fact sheet debunks many of the most egregious industry claims about indoor tanning.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocates for public policies that will help reduce the risk of skin cancer associated with the use of indoor tanning devices.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and rates have been rising for the past 30 years.This factsheet discusses the types of skin cancer, risk factors for the disease, and how it can be prevented.  

The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is the use of indoor tanning devices. Yet, each year, approximately nine million Americans engage in indoor tanning.The desire for a tanned appearance causes many people, especially young adults and teenagers, to ignore the serious risks and health warnings and use indoor tanning devices.

ACS CAN comments on the FDA proposed rule amending the technical and labeling requirements for sunlamp manufacturers and tanning facilities.

Screening Resources:

This factsheet provides information on how, with modest, focused resources, death from cervical cancer can be eliminated worldwide.


Cancer and the Environment Resources:

Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that is released as a byproduct of decay of naturally occurring elements such as uranium, thorium, and radium in rocks and soils. After the parent element decays, the radon travels by pressure-driven air flow and diffuses into above-ground air.

American Cancer Society provides its perspectives on environmental factors and cancer in this journal article.

ACS CAN established specific goals for public policies on chemical management and regulation in order to minimize cancer risk, while balancing the practical reality that risk can never be completely eliminated from either manufactured substances or the natural environment

Healthy Eating and Active Living Resources:

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) respectfully submit the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) comprehensive, multi-year Nutrition Innovation Strategy.  

Excess body weight, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition are major risk factors for cancer, second only to tobacco use. Approximately one fifth of the estimated 1.7 million cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this year can be attributed to poor diet, physical inactivity, excess weight, and excess alcohol consumption1

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments to  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. General Services Administration on their Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Consessions and Vending Operations.